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Dealing with contagion

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Conversation among mothers waiting to collect their children from school often includes detailed accounts of various contagious diseases. It is accepted by common consent and without question that children are vulnerable to these diseases and will probably catch them. This assumption is based on a supposed law that matter has power and intelligence to transmit disease from one person to another. This false law, which might be termed more accurately ''human belief ,'' can be challenged.

Our authority for challenging it may be found in the Bible, and particularly in the teachings and healings of our Master, Christ Jesus. He wasn't impressed by the weight of opinions or assumptions about any disorder. His high spiritual altitude of thought enabled him to demonstrate the allness of God and to disprove the most cherished beliefs. He didn't discuss symptoms or inquire about infectious contacts. He refused to give his consent to human opinion. The cures were immediate and in accord with his understanding of God as good, as perfect Spirit, and of man as God's spiritual, perfect offspring.

It is an elevated state of thought anchored in this understanding that nullifies the belief that matter can have power to convey disease. This state of spiritual awareness is depicted in Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount, ''The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.'' Speaking of the opposite state of thought, he continues, ''But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.''n1 What a vivid picture of the way we allow ourselves to be blindfolded, cut off from the light of spiritual truth - the great truth that God, our loving Father and Mother, created us in His image and forever maintains our spiritual perfection.

n1 Matthew 6:22, 23.

Challenging the beliefs of contagion and infection requires vigilance over our thinking. But even if we or our children are suffering from the prevalent disease, we needn't be discouraged. As we base our prayers on an understanding of God's healing power and man's true nature, the symptoms can vanish instantly. And we can be grateful for the inevitable spiritual progress that accompanies every healing, whether instant or requiring persistent prayer.

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